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What Am I for Wednesday 5/18/11

Posted By Jeff Lakaszcyck Tuesday, May 17, 2011 2:42 PM
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Here's a sharp little delivery truck for the Quality Biscuit Company. Emblems removed. Photo from Mike W.



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 Posted Tuesday, May 17, 2011 3:03 PM
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1914 Packard

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You left a hint on the front of the building.  From 1909 through 1919 the W.S. Seaman Company produced passenger car bodies for the following: Case, Chalmers, Chicago Electric, Columbia Taxicab, Dorris, F.A.L. (Falcar), Franklin, F.W.D., Hudson, Jeffery, Jonas, King, Kissel, Lafayette, Locomobile, Lozier, Marmon, Mitchell, Moline, Moline-Knight, Nash, Oakland, Packard, Pierce-Racine, Rambler, Regal, Stevens-Duryea, Velie and Westcott.  So my guess is one of the above.
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WAG time. Velie.

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 Posted Tuesday, May 17, 2011 4:37 PM
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I agree with John in Maryland.  PACKARD.

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I'LL GO WITH JOHN & DON. PACKARD
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You left a hint on the front of the building.  From 1909 through 1919 the W.S. Seaman Company produced passenger car bodies for the following: Case, Chalmers, Chicago Electric, Columbia Taxicab, Dorris, F.A.L. (Falcar), Franklin, F.W.D., Hudson, Jeffery, Jonas, King, Kissel, Lafayette, Locomobile, Lozier, Marmon, Mitchell, Moline, Moline-Knight, Nash, Oakland, Packard, Pierce-Racine, Rambler, Regal, Stevens-Duryea, Velie and Westcott.  So my guess is one of the above.


Wow, it sure was nice of ihc to narrow it down to 30 or so possibilities ! I had a feeling that the W.S. Seaman Company might give some of you a pretty good clue. But John from Maryland had already figured out that this little truck is a 1914 Packard. This truck is probably on Packard's automobile chassis, which was certainly stout enough for light truck work. Thanks to Mike W for the photo.



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I found the history of W.S. Seaman company interesting.  I never knew why AMC built car bodies in Milwaukee and trucked them to Kenosha. 

In 1938, the Seaman Body Division of the Nash-Kelvinator Corp., built a huge modern plant dedicated to building all-steel bodies at Capitol Dr. and N. Richards St. in Milwaukee. At the time it was the world's largest auto body factory, covering over 1.25 million sq. ft. with a capacity of 130,000 bodies per year.  At its peak, Seaman employed over 2,000 people.  Seaman continued to assemble cars even after Nash merged with Hudson to become American Motors in 1954.  When Nash merged with Hudson in 1954, Seaman was inherited by the combined firm, now called the American Motors Corp.  In 1987, AMC was acquired by the Chrysler Corporation, and the former Seaman plant in Milwaukee was closed down.
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that's some great history, thanks for posting.  Milwaukee has an unsung chapter in auto history.

Bruce


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